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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 13 Issue 2, February 2017

February E-Flora: The Love of Learning

Upcoming Events

2/2 Artist Reception: Through the Eye of a Weaver
2/2 Master Pruner Series - Tree Pruning I & II
2/2 First Thursday Tram Tour
2/2-2/4 Family Nature Class: Shells, Bones, and Skeletons
2/4 Bundle Up! Story Time
2/4 Free Family Weekend Walks: Using Our Senses
2/5 Free Weekend Walks
2/6 Green Slime Needs Love, Too!
2/9 Pruning for Restoration Sites, Natural Areas, and Trailsides
2/9-2/11 Family Nature Class: I Can Be A Scientist
2/11 Great Soil From The Ground Up
2/11 Free Family Weekend Walks: Using Our Senses
2/12 Free Weekend Walks
2/16 Master Pruner Series - How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Landscape
2/16 Master Pruner Series - Five Easy Plants to Prune
Free Family Weekend Walks: Using Our Senses
Free Weekend Walks
Botanical Sketching In Ink and Watercolor
2/21 NW Flower & Garden Show Opening Night Party & Auction
2/22-2/26 Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Family Nature Class: Eyes Are Out Of Sight
2/25 Picturing Your Garden In Winter
2/25 Free Family Weekend Walks: Using Our Senses
2/26 Free Weekend Walks
3/2 Master Pruner Series - Pruning Art or Pruning Atrocity?
3/2 Master Pruner Series - Difficult Plants to Prune
3/2 First Thursday Tram Tour
3/2 First Thursday Center for Urban Horticulture Tour
3/2-3/4 Family Nature Class: Sounds Of The Forest
3/4 Rainy Day Story Time
3/4 Free Family Weekend Walks: Nature Investigations
3/5 Forest Therapy Walk
3/5 Free Weekend Walks
3/6 Mulch Matters
See all events »

Free Public Tours at the Washington Park Arboretum 

Free Weekend Walk February 2017

Our Free Public Tours include First Thursday Tram Tours and Free Weekend Walks. Weekend walks offer programming for families with children on Saturdays and adult audiences on Sundays.



On Exhibit in the Miller Library

Anna Klauder photography

Through the Eye of a Weaver: Weaver and iPhone photographer Anna Klauder shares images from her garden celebrating the light, texture, and color that inspire her. The exhibit also includes a selection of her weavings.

Join us for an opening reception Thursday, February 2, 5-7pm in the Miller Library.


New Books in the Miller Library

Foliage First



Winter Classes are Warming Up

Winter photography by David E. Perry

Photo by David E. Perry

Are you feeling the need for self-renewal or looking for an outlet that helps you notice the good things in life? Look to our winter class offerings, now in full swing! A couple of exciting newer additions: Forest Therapy Walks start this March and offer a slow, intentional, and mindful nature experience. Picturing Your Garden in Winter, led by expert photographer David E. Perry, helps you master techniques to capture the bountiful beauty of the winter garden. And Gardening with the Seasons, led by Christina Pfeiffer, helps gardeners become acquainted with the seasonal rhythms and life cycles in the garden to work in sync with nature.


Fiddleheads Forest School Shelter Completed

Fiddleheads Forest School shelter

Photo by Niall Dunne

Fiddleheads Forest School is our entirely outdoor, nature-based program at the Washington Park Arboretum. We're happy to report the completion of a new shelter in the forest grove classroom, funded through a collaborative fundraising effort with the Arboretum Foundation. Want to learn more about Fiddleheads? Enrollment for 2017-18 is now open.


Join Us for a Free Public Tour

Family Tour by Ethan Welty

Our Free Public Tour offerings have expanded! At the Washington Park Arboretum, our traditional Free Weekend Walks continue on Sundays, and we are now also offering Free Family Weekend Walks on Saturday afternoons and Free First Thursday Tram Tours, bringing you fun new ways to discover and learn at the Arboretum. At the Center for Urban Horticulture, we're starting a new program, too! Free First Thursday Tours will begin on March 2 at 1:30pm. No registration is necessary for the free tours, with the exception of the tram tours due to limited seating.


UW Botanic Gardens' Director Search is Underway


Photo by Niall Dunne

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences opened the application process for the tenure track faculty position of Director for the UW Botanic Gardens. Applications are due by March 1.


February 2017 Plant Profile: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

Hamamelis 'Jelena'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ has long been one of the most popular of the hybrid witch hazels. Flowers appear as a bright copper-orange from a distance. Fall color is often very good, and in the yellow-orange range. Fragrance, while light overall, seems more pronounced on sunnier, warmer days. Learn about the culture and care of this month's featured plant.

Common Name: ‘Jelena’ hybrid witch hazel
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Origin: Of garden origin, a hybrid of Hamamelis mollis, the Chinese witch hazel, and H. japonica, the Japanese witch hazel. ‘Jelena’ was raised at Kalmthout, Belgium, and was named by Robert de Belder for his wife.
Locations: Two plants at the Center for Urban Horticulture, espaliered on the north side of the Northwest Horticultural Society (NHS) Hall; one plant in the Witt Winter Garden in grid 35-1E at the Arboretum.
Height and spread: 8-12' high and wide, vase-shaped
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5

Glimpse into the past - a Volunteer Thank You

Volunteer Celebration

University of Washington Botanic Gardens staff preparing and serving food at a volunteer recognition event

All non-profit organizations live and breathe with volunteers. The University of Washington Botanic Gardens counts on hundreds of volunteers and has prospered with their help for over 75 years. Read Director Emeritus John Wott's recollections of working alongside our volunteers and celebrating their many contributions over the years.



Look for us in Booth #2402 at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22-26! Tickets are still available for the Opening Night Party & Auction.

Mark your calendar for the Garden Lovers' Party, Book Auction and Sale, a benefit for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, April 7-8.

New Zealand has a large number of shrubs with small tough leaves and wiry interlacing branches, giving them a dead-like appearance. See our horticulturists' selections from the New Zealand Forest in the Pacific Connections Garden at the Arboretum.

Rare Care is hiring two interns for the 2017 field season! Learn more.

Registration is now open for Summer Camp at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Planning a special event in 2017? Keep us in mind for beautiful indoor and outdoor rental venues.

Rare Care is hosting two rare plant monitoring volunteer trainings this year, February 25 in Seattle and March 4 in Tri-Cities. Apply by February 15!

The programs of UW Botanic Gardens are supported in large part by private donations. Please consider supporting our work with a gift.

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